Sunset Boulevard @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

I am big! It’s the pictures that got small
With those words we learn everything we need to know about Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage adaptation of the classic Billy Wilder movie. Ostensibly an ode to the glory days of Hollywood and its first stars, this is really the story of a woman stuck in the trappings of her former life and unable to escape that she is growing old. Continue reading

The Play That Goes Wrong @ Chichester Festival Theatre

We sent Emma van Kooperen  to Chichester Festival Theatre to find out just what keeps going wrong as Mischief Theatre take on a murder mystery by way of Monty Python… Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Globe Announce Michelle Terry’s First Season As Artistic Director

We’re huge fans of Shakespeare here at Sitting In The Cheap Seats and there are few things better than the Bard’s work, done well, in the open air at Shakespeare’s Globe. In her inaugural season as Artistic Director Michelle Terry brings us some old favourites, a couple of interesting choices and a trio of new plays. Read on to find out all about the new season! Continue reading

Beauty and The Beast @ Chichester Festival Theatre

Mia-Cunningham-Stockdale as Beauty. Photo by Pete Jones

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and there are few things more guaranteed to put us in the Christmas spirit than a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production. Recent years have given us inspired takes on A Christmas Carol, Roald Dahl’s Witches and Peter Pan, all excellent and this year’s Beauty and The Beast, a new play by Anna Ledwich looks set to keep up the trend! Continue reading

Coriolanus @ The Barbican Centre

Sope Dirisu as Caius Martius

Angus Jackson bookends the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, his traditional dress Julius Caesar having opened it he now caps it off with a modern set Coriolanus. If the latter is the least well known of Shakespeare’s Roman plays its central theme – dissent of the masses against an ignorant ruling class – is surely as pertinent as any of the Bard’s work in the current climate. Continue reading

Remembering Gord Downie

We normally only cover theatre here, but those of you who have followed us from the beginning may be aware that long before I had the opportunity to cover theatre I wrote about music (at the now defunct Call Upon the Author). I was lucky enough to cover my favourite band The Tragically Hip a couple of times and in 2013 I interviewed their lead singer Gord Downie. He was then, and remains, a huge inspiration for me as a writer and as a person.

Last night Gord lost his battle with brain cancer. For me a light has gone out, so here is the transcript of the interview I was so lucky to have with Gord! Continue reading

King Lear @ The Minerva, Chichester

Ian McKellen as Lear with Phil Daniels as the Fool and Sinead Cusack as Kent.

Way back in the early days of Sitting In The Cheap Seats we had our first opportunity to review a Shakespeare play. In Chichester Festival Theatre’s cosy Minerva space we saw Frank Langella lead a great cast and firmly add to our love of the Bard! Fast forward a few years and we’re back at the Minerva, once again awaiting an award winning actor to take on arguably the finest of roles! Continue reading

King Lear @ Shakespeare’s Globe

It’s somehow fitting that the last Shakespeare of Emma Rice’s final (summer) season is King Lear. A play that shows us how the established world can change based on one rash decision will certainly have some resonance at a venue who made the decision to terminate Rice’s employment as Artistic Director so early on. Continue reading

The Ferryman @ The Gielgud Theatre

Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes are names pretty much guaranteed to make any theatregoing regular pay attention, both are synonymous with high quality productions (Butterworth’s Jerusalem regularly crops up among best play lists while Mendes’ list of director credits is too long to replay here) and they worked together on Spectre, the most recent movie in the James Bond franchise. When two names like that come together you get a production that transcends theatre and becomes an event! Continue reading

Blondel @ The Union Theatre

As a regular theatre goer I’m often asked by friends what plays and musicals I’d most like to see a production of… not the shows I just haven’t had a chance to catch but the ones that don’t really get to see the light of day. Somehow in the past year The Union Theatre has managed to tick two off from right at the top of the list. Last year’s The Fix and now my secret passion, the musical I have always wanted to see… Blondel! Continue reading

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